Damn, this is good, really good. If the Left thinks it can intimidate this woman, they really picked the wrong one. Here we see Brewer not only rebutting idiot liberals with FACTS on SB10170 (essentially how it's only reinforcing what's already in the damn Constitution), but she reiterates it's intent, how racial profiling won't be tolerated and how as a border state Arizona is not only going bankrupt because of illegal immigrants, but citizens (again, 70% of whom supported the law) there are literally living in fear thanks to increasing crime rates in lieu of drug cartels from north of the border fighting for turf in her own state. Brewer then goes on to name names, specifically Barry and former Arizona janet Napolitano, and calls them both out on their smear tactics, hypocrisy and blatant inaction concerning the problem at hand. I swear if Jan Brewer ever decides to run for President, she's got my vote:
Boycotts are just more politics and manipulation by out-of-state interests. As a border state, Arizona has already paid a heavy price for the federal government's failure -- hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in unreimbursed costs -- and its citizens should not be punished further.
It is critically important that all Americans understand the impetus for this new law and have a clear understanding of the law itself. Our neighbor to the south, Mexico, is in a massive battle with well-organized drug cartels. Because of Washington's failure to secure our southern border, Arizona has become the superhighway of illegal drug and human smuggling activity. In December 2008, the U.S. Justice Department said that Mexican gangs are the "biggest organized crime threat to the United States." In 2009, Phoenix had 316 kidnapping cases, turning the city into our nation's kidnapping capital. Almost all of the persons kidnapped were illegal immigrants or linked to the drug trade.
Essentially, our border leaks like a team with a last-place defense. The very same week that I signed the new law, a major drug ring was broken up and Mexican cartel operatives suspected of running 40,000 pounds of marijuana through southern Arizona were indicted.
While drug smuggling is the principal cause of our massive border-violence problem, many of the same criminal organizations also smuggle people. Busts of drop houses, where illegal immigrants are often held for ransom or otherwise severely abused, are not uncommon occurrences in Arizona neighborhoods.
Today, Arizona has approximately 6,000 prison inmates who are foreign nationals, representing a cost to our state of roughly $150 million per year. Arizona taxpayers are paying for a vast majority of these incarceration expenses because the federal government refuses to pay what it owes. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, as governor of Arizona, sent numerous requests to the federal government to pay for these prisoners -- only to be given the same answer she and President Barack Obama are now giving Arizona: They will not pay the bill.